Razer, known worldwide for its gaming-centric products such as mice, keyboards, headsets and many other types of gaming equipment is now releasing Razer Ripsaw, its very own capture card. With this piece of hardware any gamer can get and hook up to their console in order to provide an alternative to content streaming.
Usually, newer gaming consoles such as PlayStation 4 or Xbox One provide their users with a means to stream their gameplay, but not so much in terms of editing the way your stream looks, adding overlays, camera or tweaking too many settings. Using a capture card will allow you to select different input methods as well as personalize a great amount of features of your stream.
And now, Razer is joining the crew that attempts to deliver the best technology to make that happen, directly from your console of choice. The piece of equipment in question has been dubbed Razer Ripsaw and jumps up to compete head to head with the long-term existing competition. While game streaming used to be something only professionals or particularly well-equipped people could do, it is a fast-evolving industry that falls into the entertainment category.
And with the growth of gaming opportunities individuals get on either type of platform these days, so should entertainment in the shape of content streaming. While streaming via a computer will pretty much take care of itself through the inbuilt input capacities, in the absence of a capture card even doing things such as adjusting the microphone and game volume levels can be tricky or downright impossible.
So what does the Razer Ripsaw capture card bring to the table that other capture cards can’t? Anyone who is at least decently versed in terms of gaming equipment purchases will know that Razer isn’t exactly tagged as the least costly variant out there. While a decent card you can get for roughly $100 off websites such as Amazon or Ebay, the Razer Ripsaw will go no lower than $179. For the nearly double price, however, you can get compatibility with a very large amount of platforms (PCs, Razer Forge TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4 and Wii U included), streaming at 1080p as well as 60 frames per second.
The capture card will allow you to run the streaming sessions any way you find it fit, but it comes with its downsides too. Sadly, the Ripsaw lacks any form of internal storage and forces the user to rely on a pretty costly computer to keep it up and going smoothly.
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